Healthy Virginia Lawns


Thank you for a successful 2022 season, Loudoun County!!!

If you are interested in the services of the Healthy Virginia Lawns team, we will start accepting signups again in April 2023.

If crabgrass is a problem in your lawn, you can begin your 2023 weed control with crabgrass pre-emergent preventer in early March (when the Forsythia blooms).  Just be sure it does not contain fertilizer.

Please keep an eye on our website to view topics and speakers at our annual symposium in March.  It’s always a great time! See you in April 2023!

The Healthy Virginia Lawns Team

Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener


Most of us habitually trek to the store each spring or when our grass looks like it’s declining, scan the bagged products on the shelf and select what we hope will result in a lusher, greener lawn. Results rarely meet our expectations and create the unfortunate side effect of excessive fertilizer (nitrogen and phosphorus) running off or leaching into nearby streams and rivers. Algae blooms, fueled by these excess nutrients, consume oxygen in the water, block sunlight, suffocate aquatic life and prevent underwater plants from photosynthesizing.

There is a better way. Healthy Virginia Lawns (HVL) volunteers visit your property, complete a site analysis of your yard, measure the area of turfgrass and collect a representative soil sample.  The sample is mailed to Virginia Tech where it is tested and a comprehensive analysis produced. The fee for this service is $30.


What clients are saying:

“Thank you for the detailed report on our lawn that will help us maintain it in a responsible way.”

 “This is an excellent program and is making a large impact on sustainable lawn maintenance, certainly from my personal experience. We appreciate all the dedicated individuals supporting this initiative and the great work you do.”

Resources

Learn from the experts and keep our watershed clean from pollutants.

Keeping Brambleton Beautiful
Loudoun’s Healthy Virginia Lawns program (PDF)
Research Based Lawn Care Publications
Selecting a Lawn Service
Turf Tips

Thank you for a successful 2022 season, Loudoun County!!!

If you are interested in the services of the Healthy Virginia Lawns team, we will start accepting signups again in April 2023.

If crabgrass is a problem in your lawn, you can begin your 2023 weed control with crabgrass pre-emergent preventer in early March (when the Forsythia blooms).  Just be sure it does not contain fertilizer.

Please keep an eye on our website to view topics and speakers at our annual symposium in March.  It’s always a great time! See you in April 2023!

The Healthy Virginia Lawns Team

Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener